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When Not to Persevere - Nuances Related to Perseverance in Mathematical Problem Solving


"While perseverance in mathematical problem solving has been of interest for some time, this construct is receiving renewed attention at present due in large part to its emphasis in the Mathematical Practices of the Common Core State Standards. In this paper, I consider nuances related to perseverance, particularly when persevering might be advantageous as well as when it might be inadvisable. In particular, I discuss the role of prior knowledge and metacognitive skills, the fine line between perseverance and stubbornness, and the importance of perceived task utility, in determining when perseverance is desirable in problem solving."